Guide dog dispute cancels flight from Philly to NY

Published: 12:07 PM EST Nov 14, 2013   Updated: 2:21 PM EST Nov 14, 2013
US Airways

A dispute involving a blind man, his guide dog and an airline crew led to the cancellation of a flight from Philadelphia to Long Island.

WPVI-TV reports the argument happened Wednesday night on a US Airways Express flight to Islip, N.Y.

Albert Rizzi said his service dog was curled beneath his feet as the plane was leaving Philadelphia. He said a flight attendant told him the animal had to fit under the seat in front of him, but airline spokeswoman Liz Landau said Rizzi was not controlling the agitated dog.

She said Rizzi became verbally abusive, and the crew decided to remove him.

Landau said other passengers then became upset. The flight was canceled.

Landau told The Associated Press that the airline is reviewing how the situation was handled.